Ever wondered how the moon influences your reactions, responses and emotional growth? Find out by discovering your moon phase destiny with Marion Williamson
Knowing the Moon phase you were born under helps you understand why you find particular types of people and experiences irresistible – whether they’re good for you or not! Every night a different amount of light is reflected by the moon, according to its changing relationship with the sun.
Within an approximate 28-day cycle, it will have passed through eight phases: New Moon, First Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Disseminating (aka Waning Gibbous), Last Quarter and Balsamic. Just as the astrological sign it occupied when you were born influences your emotional nature, each of the moon phases has unique characteristics that are reflected in your personality, and they colour your karmic blueprint.
Using an ephemeris (a chart that shows the calculated positions of each of the planets on any given date) you can discover the natal moon phase for your birth month. Each one lasts about three-and-a-half days, however, the moon does not have an exact orbit so the time it takes through each phase can vary.
Along the top of an ephemeris for your birth month, you’ll find the moon phase information. It only ever shows four phases (New, First Quarter, Full and Last Quarter), but because you have the exact time in the ephemeris for the four phases, you can slot the others around them working around the 24-hour clock.
So, if your birthday fell on one of the other four phases, just work backwards or forwards by approximately 84 hours.
YOUR MOON PHASE DESTINY
You are at an early stage of your karmic journey. Born at the darkest phase of the moon, when there was no moonlight, you instinctively make your own way in the world without relying on others to guide you. You tend not to be reflective or self-conscious and your responses are intuitive – you trust your gut feelings in most situations.
A NEED TO SHINE Whether you consciously realise it or not, you want to make an impression, to shine your light into the world and project your personality into everything you do. You have a strong sense of self. Acting or working in the theatre or television would satisfy your need for recognition and approval.
PEOPLE AND PLACES As your need for adventure is so strong, you are naturally drawn to spontaneous, exciting people and situations – you’re also likely to act on your feelings immediately, then deal with the consequences later. But your courage is the very thing that can get you into trouble! Your love of living in the moment means you don’t always plan ahead, therefore, although your life can be exciting, you never really feel at home.
BALANCING YOUR KARMA Your independent, decisive nature has seen you make many tough decisions, especially when you were younger. You might feel differently about some of those choices now, and be drawn to certain people or places from your past. Your karmic lesson is to know who and what you should revisit to complete your karma and bring you full circle.
You were born at the moon’s breakthrough time. The first light of the moon now illuminates the world, shedding light on what was once hidden. As a person born at this time, you are imprinted with an overwhelming sense of wonder at life’s endless possibilities.
INDECISION You understand that anything is possible but it’s hard for you to get started. You tend to overthink all possible consequences, which can have a paralysing affect that keeps you from acting at all. It’s comforting for you to think you know what will happen if you strike out in a particular direction. But the truth is, like the rest of us, you have no idea!
DON’T LOOK BACK Because you feel intimidated by the future, you tend to cling to or idealise your past. Your family connections and relationships are usually with people you’ve known all your life, which gives you comfort and security. The people and opportunities you didn’t take haunt you – that feeling of unease is karma pointing out things you will have to experience in another life.
LEAVING YOUR COMFORT ZONE In this life, you must use your wonderful insight into how the world works to propel yourself forwards. More than any other, you understand what an extraordinary experience life is, which is why you can be cautious. Stepping out of your comfort zone is your greatest challenge, but when you take even small steps, the world becomes an enchanting place filled with beautiful opportunities.
As the moon builds to the first of its quarter peaks, it’s a time to be thrilled with the joy of being alive – everything feels new and vibrant. If you were born when the moon was in its first quarter, you are filled with a passion for change; you feel more alive in chaotic or urgent situations and live on your nerves.
RELATIONSHIP INSTABILITY You’re attracted to unstable or unpredictable people who mirror your enthusiasm and love of excitement. Your relationships are never dull, but you can sometimes sacrifice trust or loyalty for novelty or unusual experiences. People generally expect you not to conform and you’re quite happy not to disappoint them.
EVERYDAY DRAMA You have a real appreciation of how brief life is and you’re determined not to waste any time in tedious jobs or boring friendships. However, in your search for adventure and drama, you need to make sure you’re not subconsciously causing problems in your life just to keep things lively. Working in a challenging environment such as a prison, hospital or as a crisis manager may help you enjoy your great need for variety.
LASTING CHANGES Your karmic lesson is to use your love of change to establish better circumstances for yourself and others. Creating chaos then running to the next thrilling experience will eventually leave you feeling empty. It’s up to you to see through the transformations you initiate, and to only create situations you’re happy to embrace and see through to their conclusion.
If you were born in the phase before the full moon, you are aware on a deep, subconscious level that a cycle is nearly complete. Your soul is imprinted with the moon’s ‘almost there’ message. You’re impatient to be perfect, and hungry for the knowledge and experience that will make you feel whole.
PERFECTIONIST You absorb information quickly and want to understand how everything is connected. You have a sharp, analytical mind and need to see things from all angles. You’re an excellent judge of character, but when you get someone or something wrong, it can bother you for years to come.
THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE You’re not always happy with the answers you receive because not everyone is as interested in finding out the truth as you are. You analyse yourself as much as you do others, but sometimes you need to stop honing in on your flaws. Be spontaneous and stop second-guessing yourself!
SELF-DEVELOPMENT You cannot know all the answers – nobody ever will. Your karmic moon phase lesson is to understand that knowledge is powerful and enlightening, but that you must balance it with instinct and trust in the universe. Sometimes you have to accept that chaos has a place in your life and that you cannot control everything with logic.
When the moon is full it opposes the life-giving sun. Your ‘mother’ (the moon) and ‘father’ (the sun) may be very different types of people and you may act as the bridge that brings them together. You hold conflicting sets of beliefs or live a life of extremes.
BALANCE You feel pulled in two different directions and your karmic purpose is to find a way to bring harmony into your life. You swing from one extreme to another – the minimalist turned hoarder – and your spiritual goal is to discover a happy medium.
FEELING INDEPENDENT Through relationships with others, you experience the qualities you lack or find it difficult to acknowledge in yourself. You often feel removed from your own emotions and find it’s easier to encounter your deepest feelings through your relationships. However, you can become dependent on other people’s reactions to your feelings and opinions.
KNOWING YOUR TRUTH You are so used to bending to others’ emotional needs that you don’t always experience your own feelings as belonging to you. Your lesson is one of emotional independence – separating your feelings and behaviour from those of others. It’s time to stand by your own truth.
‘Disseminate’ means to scatter, spread or sow. If you were born under this moon phase you instinctively want to share your ideas and knowledge with others. You’re a natural communicator who wants to know what everyone thinks and how they reached their conclusions.
REVOLUTIONARY You want to change the world, and in many ways you are ahead of your time. It may be frustrating when others don’t share your enthusiasm for changing the status quo – or are reluctant to do so. It’s natural for you to offer solutions or help others better their situations, but to your annoyance, they won’t always take action! KNOWING WHEN TO SPEAK You find it easy to express what other people are thinking and feeling, but this is not always appreciated. Without realising it you may be voicing the ideas that others aren’t totally comfortable with yet or don’t accept as their own. Knowing when to speak up is a skill you’re here to perfect.
EMOTIONAL CONNECTION You’re drawn to people who share your philosophical or spiritual ideals, but they’re not always right for you emotionally. You are learning that loving someone isn’t just about being on the same intellectual wavelength, there’s mysterious chemistry involved that defies your logical analysis!
If you were born in the Last Quarter moon phase, you are an inward-looking soul. You are emotionally intelligent with great empathy for the people around you who value your ability to see right to the heart of them. However, on the inside you’re quite different to the face you show the world.
DEALING WITH FEELINGS You’re a natural-born diplomat, social worker or psychotherapist, but your deep understanding of others also makes it difficult for you to separate your feelings from others’. It’s a challenge for you to tell where your emotions end and someone else’s begin. Your empathy is a tremendous gift but it can also lead to emotional pain and imbalance if you don’t disengage yourself.
TRANSFORMATION You work quietly on changing yourself on a deep level, keeping it hidden from others until the right time emerges. You can surprise even those closest to you by making what they might describe as ‘a sudden change’ when actually you have been working on it behind the scenes for a long time.
WAIFS AND STRAYS You’re often attracted to people who are finding their way in this world or who have been shunned in some way. You understand them on a level that others rarely care to. Of course, this brings its challenges. Your lesson is to use your empathy lightly, to bring comfort without being sucked into negativity.
If you were born during the Balsamic moon phase, you have been here many times before and are completing an eight-phase cycle of lifetimes. This means your current life is a very karmic one. You’re here to deal with experiences you’ve consciously (and unconsciously) avoided in your previous incarnations.
WISE SOUL You have always been told that you are intuitive and wise, and it’s true! You have an unshakeable spiritual understanding or faith in a higher power, even if you can’t quite pinpoint what it is in conventional terms. You feel most connected when you’re in nature and are most at home when working in an environment that allows you to travel or spend time outside. You have an almost uncanny connection with animals and can sometimes feel closer to them than other people.
KARMIC RELATIONSHIPS Your relationships are intense. You have many karmic ends to tie up – in other words, many short-lived but profound experiences with other people. Magnetic attractions arise from nowhere and you know, on a soul level, when you have met someone who will help you evolve on your karmic journey. These experiences will take you to completely unknown territory that you would have otherwise avoided.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS You often feel different to others – and your friends, family and partners sense this too. Because you embody something greater than your physical self more obviously than others, your light tends to attract people who have lost their faith or who need to feel connected to life in a more spiritual way. You help others plug back into life by simply being yourself and allowing your karmic energies to radiate. Your real test is to let life happen through you, rather than to you.